It’s not fancy dress!

I’ve always believed you should be able to wear what you want when you ride your bike, but recently I’ve seen some sights that really shouldn’t be allowed.

Leg-warmers must be black – no other colour is acceptable. Red is ridiculous but the real no-no is white.

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Never mind trying to legislate over bike design, this is the big issue the UCI should be getting involved with. White leg-warmers give the impression that you’re wearing huge, supersize socks.

And anyone who wears them over their shorts is just waiting to be ridiculed. Why not put on the big red nose and the rest of the clown make-up and be done with it?

The general rule with colours and designs is, if you wouldn’t wear it in your ‘normal’ life then why would you on the bike? Too many riders seem to take some perverse pleasure from dressing up as Lycra-clad Eighties throwbacks.

Why shouldn’t you take pride in what you wear? When you ride a bike you represent all cyclists and the last thing you should want is to be an object of ridicule.

Look your best on the bike and do everyone a favour.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly